Baby Artichokes with Herb Dressing

Baby Artichokes with Herb Dressing
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Source: The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Photography by Eric Hinders, Food Styling by Skyler Myers, Art Direction by Haleigh Eason.

This popular Mediterranean side dish is enjoyed in late spring when baby artichokes are at their peak. In addition to their mellow, buttery flavor, fresh baby artichokes have a tender texture and elegant presentation. If you've never worked with fresh artichokes before, don't be intimidated. The steps to preparing them are simple, and after cooking them once, you'll be a pro. If baby artichokes are not in season, substitute reduced-sodium canned artichoke hearts or frozen ones.

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  • Prep time
    15 min
  • Cook time
    20 min
  • Servings
    4 Servings
  • Serving size
    3 artichokes
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

4 Servings

  • Serving Size
    3 artichokes
  • Amount per serving Calories 110

  • Total Fat 7g
    • Saturated Fat 1g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 150mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 12g
    • Dietary Fiber 8g
    • Total Sugars 1g
  • Protein 3g
  • Potassium 280mg
  • Phosphorus 70mg

Choices/Exchanges: 2 Nonstarchy vegetable, 1 1/2 Fat



  • fresh baby artichokes
  • olive oil
    2 tbsp
  • lemon (juiced)
  • Dijon Mustard
    1 tbsp
  • black pepper
    1/8 tsp
  • finely chopped fresh mint
    1 tsp
  • finely chopped fresh dill
    3 tbsp
  • finely chopped fresh parsley
    1 tbsp


  1. Soak the artichokes in water to clean. Drain and repeat until the water is clear. Peel away the outside leaves of the bottom half of the artichokes, then cut off the top quarter of the artichokes. If tough, dark-green leaves remain, peel those as well. At this point, the artichoke should look like a flower, and the tough, dark leaves should all be removed, leaving only lighter-colored, more tender leaves.

  2. Add the juice of 1 lemon to a bowl full of cold water, then place the artichokes in the lemon water to prevent discoloration.

  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Remove the artichokes from the bowl, discarding the lemon water, and add them to the pot.

  4. Bring the water back to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Drain the artichokes and set aside.

  5. Place the remaining lemon juice, the olive oil, and mustard in a blender. Blend together to form a vinaigrette.

  6. Stir in the pepper, mint, dill, and parsley, and pour the dressing over the artichokes. Serve warm or at room temperature.